The lesser-known benefits of learning a second language

There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language, not least for the communicative potential and employability language skills can offer. Nonetheless, foreign language learning has been on a steady decline in British education in recent years. With the world more interconnected than ever before, there has arguably never been a better time to learn a foreign language. This short article aims to summarise some of the lesser-known benefits of language learning, highlighting just how much there is to be gained from learning a foreign language.

How to survive working from home

Due to the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, millions of working people around the world find themselves confronted with a new reality: working from home. For parents, or others living with young children, this transition has undoubtedly been an uphill battle which brings its own challenges. For others, used to their usual work space, the greatest problems…

The truth about Coronavirus

Does it come from Corona beer? U.S soldiers in China? Is it part of a Chinese plot to cripple the global economy? Or patented by Bill Gates as part of an Illuminati plot to depopulate the world? I’m here to tell you the truth about Coronavirus.

Is it time for Counselling Psychology to join the psychedelic revolution?

This article aims to provide an overview of topics within the literature regarding psychedelic psychotherapy and the recent empirical findings, in order to evaluate how such research may impact Counselling Psychology. To do so, it is important to acknowledge the current risks involved in using psychedelics in therapy, such as the importance of taking psychedelics in a safe setting, at an appropriate dose and with an appropriate knowledge of the effects one may expect to feel. Thus, risks and safety precautions will also be explored in this review.

Should I offset my carbon footprint?

Carbon offsetting has recently become much more popular than ever before, and with its new-found popularity it has also gained connotations of privileged Westerners (the people who pollute the most) buying their way out of feelings of guilt over polluting the atmosphere. Flight to New York? Plant a tree. Three litre Mercedes-Benz? Fund wind energy…

Getting around in Medellín, Colombia

My wife and I spent a few weeks of our honeymoon in Medellín, her home city. Between tourist hot spots, visiting her family and frequenting the many amazing vegan restaurants dotted across the city, we tried out a few different means of transportation. Here’s the pick of the bunch… Uber Uber is technically illegal in…

Medellín… is it safe for tourists?

Home to the infamous Pablo Escobar and once considered one of the most dangerous cities on the planet, Medellín has in recent years become increasingly popular with tourists and digital nomads, now often cited as a top city to visit in South America. My wife and I recently rented an apartment there for a month,…

Top 5 Millennial Foods are Vegan

According to a new survey carried out Swedish oat milk brand, Oatly, the top five grocery items purchased by UK millennials are all vegan foods. According to the survey participants (all aged between 26 and 35), their top grocery items to grab include hummus, avocado, kale, plant milks, and falafel. The survey also found that 34%…

Why Plant Based?

Eating plants seems to be all the rage these days, from bearded hipsters choosing avocado toast over bacon sandwiches to middle aged women ditching sausage casseroles in favour of quinoa salads. The big question is, what on Earth is happening? What ever happened to good ol’ meat and two veg? Well, as a plant-munching sociologist…